Whooping Cough Vaccinations for Pregnant Women
There has been a large rise in the number of babies contracting whooping cough, the Department of Health has therefore recommended that pregnant women should be vaccinated against the disease in order to provide immunity for their baby when it is born. Women should be vaccinated when they are between 28 and 38 weeks pregnant.
Please read this leaflet for more information.
The Adam Practice is now offering pregnant women pertussis (Whooping cough) vaccination in line with government policy.
If you are 28 weeks pregnant or more please contact your surgery to arrange a vaccination. If you are less than 28 weeks pregnant talk to your midwife next time you see them.
The practice has developed the opportunity for patients to have more control over necessary checks. For example, for women on the oral contraceptive pill, an annual blood pressure check is necessary. It is possible, for patients who wish, to use an automatic blood pressure monitor in the building without having to arrange a doctor or nurse appointment – this gives flexibility to patients and relieves pressure on appointments.
It is the policy of the practice to pursue preventative medicine for all patients. All health care professionals advise on illness and disease prevention.
Long Term Conditions
Patients with Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, stroke/TIA, Mental Health and Chronic Kidney Disease should attend for regular check ups. For certain Long Term Conditions blood tests are necessary to check how well we are achieving optimum control and to see if medication adjustments are required. Blood tests need to be done at least annually but depend on the nature of the condition. You will be advised by letter when your check is due and if you will need to have a blood test prior to your appointment.
24 Hour Blood Pressure Machine
This device is worn for 24 hours to accurately determine your blood pressure. They are especially helpful if visits to the surgery provoke anxiety. You will be required to attend the surgery for fitting and then removal after 24 hours.
Psychology & Counselling
Is available following recommendation by your GP.
End of Life Care
The Practice adheres to the NHS Gold Standards Framework for end of life care. We will endeavour to ensure the wishes of an individual and immediate family are respected at all times. We encourage patients to discuss their hopes and wishes with their partner and immediate family and caring professionals as and when appropriate.
Is available at our surgeries for patients with diabetes and some chronic foot conditions.
Certain minor surgical problems, not requiring a general anaesthetic can be carried out at the surgery. Please see your doctor for assessment so that arrangements can be made.
This is offered by all the doctors and family planning trained practice nurses during routine surgeries. A double appointment with the doctor and the nurse is required for coil and cap fittings. Contraceptive advice is also offered at the well woman clinics (details of surgery well woman clinics can be found on the surgery pages). Annual blood pressure checks can be done independently by use of our Self Assessment machine.
Specialist Eye Clinic
Problems including glaucoma diagnosis and management can be done at Upton Health Centre by a specially trained doctor and nurse, reducing waiting times at the hospital. Heading the clinic is Dr Chris Playfair who also undertakes an ophthalmology clinic at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Specialised Paediatric Clinic
This clinic is for more complex paediatric cases that can be managed in a local setting. The clinic aims to offer a timely and accessible service to enhance paediatric provision within our locality. Dr Charles Powell leads this clinic.
When travelling abroad, vaccinations are often necessary to protect your health. The Practice offers travel vaccinations as an additional non-NHS service to its patients. If you would like us to provide your travel vaccinations please complete and submit the form below. Our trained Travel Nurses will assess your requirements and contact you to inform you if you need any chargeable vaccinations, or just those that are available via the NHS. Should you need any chargeable vaccinations you will be asked to attend the surgery and pay for these at the time of booking your appointment. This is because we only order the vaccinations as they are required and do not keep them in stock.
If you are travelling at very short notice (within 1 week) you will need to attend specialised travel clinic at Harbour hospital or Boots in Poole. It is advisable to have any vaccinations 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. Although we may be able to supply vaccinations in a shorter time frame if necessary, we cannot provide appointments within 2 weeks of travel.
Please note that all travel clinic appointments are based at our Poole surgery.
Complete our Travel Health Risk Assessment Form online
List of current Fees for Travel Vaccinations
If you’re planning to travel abroad, don’t forget to consider your health risks. The link below takes you to a website which is full of useful health-related information for travellers, including a Travel Planner tool to help you plan your trip. You can even set up text message reminders of when your next vaccines are due at www.areyouready2go.co.uk
It may assist you to know a little about the countries you are travelling to and any health travel problems that you may be at risk from on your trip before you book an appointment. The Fit For Travel website provides information on travel destinations: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
Other sites that may be of use are: www.fco.gov.org www.travelhealthpro.org.uk World Malaria Risk Chart